Program Overview

The Living Dharma Volunteer (LDV) Program

The Living Dharma Volunteer (LDV) Program is an opportunity for people to practice and study at Tara Mandala for a minimum of three months, with a one-month mutual discernment process, and with the possibility of making a long-term commitment. Tara Mandala strives to create a work, practice and study community that reflects the Buddha’s teachings. Not only do we see our work as essential to our Buddhist practice, we see Buddhist teachings as indispensable to the volunteer experience. As such, we seek people who want to be a part of our community, develop and sustain a regular meditation practice, and who have a sincere interest in bringing their Dharma practice off the cushion and into their lives.

Overview of LDV Program

The integration of the Dharma into daily life is the primary goal of the LDV Program.

Tara Mandala volunteers are given the opportunity to apply Vajrayāna Buddhist teachings and practices to all aspects of their life and work. Creating such a shift in perspective requires significant effort on the part of the volunteer, and a supportive practice community will support this work. The foundation for such transformation includes commitment to daily meditative practice, service, a curriculum of Dharma teachings and practices, regular Councils, and the support of a practice community.

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Volunteers camp in summer and are housed in dorms or shared yurts in colder months. Service is scheduled for 30 hours a week. Areas of service include temple garden, grow dome, kitchen, housekeeping, temple, land crew, marketing, retreat setup, audio/visual, the Tara Mandala Store, and administration.

Those who can make a full three-month commitment to the Volunteer program including the month of June 2018 will participate in the Three Yana Retreat: afternoon teachings with Lama Tsultrim Allione and/or an authorized teacher. Following that period, daily group practice and occasional teachings led by a Tara Mandala Authorized Teacher comprise the core of the spiritual curriculum.

Volunteers are also invited to apply for a long-term commitment (one year or more). Long-term volunteers may be given a monthly stipend and are eligible to apply to either the Magyu or Gateway programs at no cost. This is an opportunity to immerse oneself in a practicing community and receive teachings from Lama Tsultrim.

Applications are accepted year-round. All volunteers must make a commitment to fully participate in daily practices, community events, and Karma Yoga.

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